Actress Meryl Streep certainly has had her share of news coverage lately. Most of it hasn’t painted a favorable picture of the Academy Award winner, who has shown her privilege more than anything else while trying to convince the public that she can identify with the average American.
WWD reported that the actress passed on wearing an embroidered gray silk gown from Karl Lagerfeld’s collection to the Academy Awards because the designer wouldn’t pay her to wear it.
Lagerfeld told WWD that the dress had been ordered, along with Streep’s request for a higher neckline, but after the work on the dress was already underway, his studio received a call from Streep’s camp telling them to stop the order because they found someone who would pay her to wear their design.
“I made a sketch, and we started to make the dress,” Lagerfeld said. Then a few days later, the call came: “‘Don’t continue the dress. We found somebody who will pay us.’”
The designer explained that Chanel has a policy of not paying celebrities to wear its clothes.
“After we gift her a dress that’s 100,000 euros (about $105,000), we found later we had to pay (for her to wear it). We give them dresses, we make the dresses, but we don’t pay,” Lagerfeld said.
As for the dress, Lagerfeld said it still had Streep’s name on it.
“She could keep the dress because of the size,” the designer said. “It’s couture. It’s perfect for her.”
A disappointed Lagerfeld added, “A genius actress, but cheapness also, no?”
Cheapness, yes. Very much so.
A representative for Streep told The Hollywood Reporter that the statement was not true, and that being paid to wear a gown on the red carpet was against her personal ethics.
Ah, the hypocrisies of being part of the Hollywood elite. If Lagerfeld’s claim is true — and why would he make it up? — it shows how Streep, who has an estimated net worth of $75 million, is so blinded by her own privilege, she doesn’t make sense — because she has none.
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